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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach

- October 2007 -

Newsletter for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia Volume 9, Issue 261 October 2007     


As the federal election approaches we enter a period of much opportunity to put our 'offshore' case to those standing for election. One of the joys of living in a democracy is that each of our votes means something. When we approach a contender for the seat of Mackellar, we do so confident that we can, as individuals, make a difference. Don't just whinge about what you see as an inequity. DO something. Write a letter, make a phone call, pay a visit. Make this election really count.


  • History Corner
  • Cartoon of the Month
  • Shar’s Speedy Peking Duck
  • Pittwater plays a part in Indigenous Health
  • 30-Second Stress Buster Exercises
  • Pittwater YHA has two part time jobs available.
  • Asparagus Fern Out Day, Saturday October 20.
  • Roast Strawberries - a perfect Spring dessert
  • Old enough to vote?
  • Local Guide
  • Archived Newsletters
  • Your Subscription Information
  • History Corner

    When Governor Arthur Phillip first satisfied his curiosity by sailing into Pittwater on March 3, 1788, he was eager to see more. The broad mouth of the Hawkesbury River beckoned and he emphasized his desire to further explore Broken Bay, the vast sheet of water, in his despatch to Lord Sydney, England’s Secretary of the Home Department, responsible for colonial affairs.   

    On June 6 the following year Phillip led a second expedition to Broken Bay to explore even further into the river mouth and spent four days examining the features of the area., camping on what he named Mullet Island (now changed to Dangar Island). The urge to return yet again was strong and , after returning to Sydney for more provisions, Phillip’s two boats travelled for a third time up the river which Phillip named the Hawkesbury after the Earl of Liverpool , Baron Hawkesbury, who, at that time, had assumed  charge of the colonies.  On July 2 the party reached the junction of the Hawkesbury and MacDonald  Rivers, next arriving at the Hawkesbury’s  link with the Colo River and then with South Creek three days later. It was at the latter point that, five years later, the first white settlement on the Hawkesbury was established by Lieutenant-Governor Francis Grose.

    The following day , Phillip and his party reached the site of the town of Windsor, proceeding only a little further upstream until, near the junction of what was to be known as the Grose River, further progress was blocked . The Governor then turned back, concluding that the boats were near the river’s source.  Little did he know that this was more than 80 miles (148km) to the south and that two expeditions were exploring the river from two different approaches, giving it two different names! 

    Leicester Warburton

    NEXT MONTH: The Hawkesbury’s early inhabitants

    Cartoon of the Month (click small calendar to download)

    Gwyn Perkins

    Download a full version of this months calendar, ready for printing - click the calendar image above.

    Shar’s Speedy Peking Duck

    Luv-a-duck Roast Duck breasts (available from Devitt's)
    Dried rice paper sheets
    Iceberg lettuce
    Woollies oriental sweet plum sauce

    Remove and slice duck breasts. Re-assemble with skin up and grill till crisp.
    Soak the same number of rice paper sheets in warm water until soft (2-3 minutes) and dry in a tea towel

    Serving hints
    Take all ingredients to the table separately
    Place a sheet of rice paper on a plate, put lettuce on first, then a slice of duck and finally
    a little sweet plum sauce before rolling it up and eating in the fingers.

    Pittwater plays a part in Indigenous Health
    September 18 was Close the Gap Day: part of Oxfam’s campaign to improve Indigenous Health. A group of 18 people gathered on the Island to view a short DVD and sign a pledge to demand Indigenous health equality. Read more about this campaign at;

    30-Second Stress Buster Exercises

    For Technology Frustrations
    Are you one of the 'tech rage' sufferers?
    Do you find yourself blowing your top when the printer jams or an error message pops up?
    Can you feel frustration and rage bubbling up inside you, and does it explode all over the nearest innocent person?
    Computers, printers, phone systems and so on are inanimate, and therefore don't respond to our rantings and ravings. Unfortunately, more often than not, we vent our feelings on our workmates or our tech support team, who really don't deserve it.
    The next time you feel 'the rage' taking hold try this exercise: -

    You've probably heard the old saying of counting to 10 before you say anything? Well, there is good
    basis behind the practice, and this exercise takes it a little further. The aim here is to empty your head of any thoughts, feelings, frustrations or emotions for just 30-seconds, by employing the counting method. However, here we count backwards from 27, and we do it with the breath. Once you have finished the exercise you will feel much calmer and more able to cope ...

    * Clear your head.
    * Count backwards from 27 with the breath: for example 27 inhale, 27 exhale, 26 inhale and 26 exhale and so on.
    * Keep counting and focusing only on the breath.
    * If a thought or feeling does pop into your head, or you become distracted by a noise, don't worry, simply acknowledge it, and go back to counting, starting again at 27. Do not allow the initial thought to develop into a train of thoughts, catch it as early as you can.
    * Now the aim is not necessarily to get to zero, be honest with yourself, if you find your mind wandering, don't be hard on yourself, just recognise it and start counting again from the beginning.
    * After just 30-seconds you will notice that your initial frustration subsides, and you can focus more on solving the problem or finding alternatives, instead of raging at your friends.
    * This is a good exercise to practise in its own right, as with repetition, your natural ability to calm thoughts and settle emotions increases.  (with thanks to Zen at Work)

    Cleaner - for general hostel cleaning 
    Receptionist/cleaner - combination of hostel reception and general cleaning work
    Hours can vary.
    Please contact Sarah on pittwater@yhansw.org.au or 02-99995748 (8 -11 and 5-8)
    Asparagus Fern is probably Pittwater's worst weed.
    Pittwater Natural Heritage Association has received several grants from the Federal Government fund to help control it, the latest for $45 000. Most of this is spent on bush regeneration contract work in bushland reserves and managed by Pittwater Council.
    The community volunteer event is Asparagus Fern Out day on October 20, to encourage residents to remove it from private land.
    To help  you do this, free weed bags will be available from Scotland Island Lodge.
    To dig out Asparagus Fern, just remove the woody crown at the base of the fronds. The white water tubers on the roots will not sprout if left in the ground.
    Please leave full bags of Asparagus Fern on the public wharf nearest to you. NPWS will arrange collection in the week following.
    For more information contact Karin Nippard Pittwater Council's Bushcare Officer on 9970 1111 or Mel Hall, NPWS, 9472 8953, or 0419 753 805

    Roast Strawberries - a perfect Spring dessert

    Strawberries are fantastically cheap at the moment, so here is a great recipe that is easy and will give your offshore family a real treat!

    Ingredients (serves 4)
    • 750g strawberries, washed, dried, hulled, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 3/4 cup Greek-style yoghurt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Line a shallow baking dish with baking paper.
    2. Place strawberries into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar. Roast for 20 minutes or until strawberries are tender. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
    3. Combine yoghurt and cinnamon. Spoon into 4 serving glasses. Top with strawberries. Drizzle with pan juices. Serve.
    Source: Super Food Ideas - November 2004

    Old enough to vote?

    Australian citizens who are 17 years old can apply for enrolment by completing an electoral enrolment form. The applicant’s name will then be placed on the electoral roll so they will be able to vote in Commonwealth, State and Territory elections as soon as they turn 18.

    Electorate: Mackellar Telephone: 132326 Fax: 02 9997 2586 Email: Mackellar@aec.gov.au Address: Level 4 Peninsula Business Centre 20 Bungan St MONA VALE NSW 2103 Postal Address: PO Box 399 MONA VALE NSW 2103

    The local guide

    What's On in Pittwater - Self Editing Event Diary Click Here  
    Scotland Island Traders - On-line shopping from your computer, through your door on Scotland Island. Contact Graeme on 0419460331 or click here for full details  
    Buy and Sell: Pittwater Trading Online or visit http://www.pittwatertradingonline.com.au  
    Local Real Estate Agents:  
    View Real Estate L.J.Hooker Mona Vale
    PMC Hill (subscribe to their newsletter here) Pittwater Real Estate
    Government Organisations:
    Local Pittwater Council, or email them at pittwater_council@pittwater.nsw.gov.au  or by clicking here.
    Federal: Bronwyn Bishop, Member for Mackellar by clicking here or Bronwyn.Bishop.MP@aph.gov.au
    State: Rob Stokes, Member for Pittwater, at pittwater@parliament.nsw.gov.au or by clicking here
    Local Transport: Scotland Island Community Vehicle: Info: click here. Phone (0404103700) Church Point Ferries (0408296997)  Manly Warringah Cabs (0299725600) Palm Beach Cruises (0299974815) Pink Water Taxi (0428238190)
    Local Accommodation
    Bed & Breakfast: Scotland Island Lodge: or http://www.scotlandislandlodge.com.au (0299793301)
    Yacht Clubs Woody Point Yacht Club  or http://www.wpyc.com.au 
      Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club or http://www.rpayc.com.au/
    Short Term Holiday Accommodation: Pittpoint Cottage:  (0299978382) Wiringulla Retreat (0299718375) or here
      Treetops on Towlers Bay' (0293322611) info@walkabouttours.com.au
    Budget Accommodation:

    On the doorstep of the Ku-ring-gai Chase N P: Pittwater YHA, Ph 0299995748 www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?hostelid=31 

    Local Pittwater Studies Website: http://www.pittlink.net/ls
    Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade: http://www.sirfb.org.au

    Emergency Contact Numbers

    • NSW Police: 000, Police Assistance Line: 13 1444, general information 9281 0000
    • Broken Bay Water Police 9979 4944 or 0412 162 093
    • NSW Fire Service: 000, general information 9265 2999
    • NSW Ambulance Service: 000, general information 9320 7777
    • Rural Fire Service: 000, general information 9450 3000
    • State Emergency Service, Warringah/Pittwater SES: 9486 3399
    • National Parks & Wildlife Service: 000, general information 9457 9322
    • Dept of Community Services: general information 9977 6011
    • Sydney Water: 132 090
    • Energy Australia: 131 388, (ah) 131 909

    Membership of SIRA, Emergency Scotland Island Water Contacts and Application for Water + Guidelines for water, in one document: click here for information (while online)

    Airlines, Buses and Railways

    Sydney Airport: Arrivals and Departures Qantas Information                    Jetstar Information Virgin Blue Information
    Sydney Buses Information.  Sydney Ferries Information City Rail Timetables & Information. Country Link Rail Timetable


    Join SIRA You can now join the Scotland Island Residents Association by clicking here. Please print the page and return the completed form to SIRA at this address: The Treasurer, SIRA, PO Box 70, Church Point 2105. Please NO CASH. Contact SIRA at sirapittwater@hotmail.com Join WPCA To join the Western Pittwater Community Association, contact Michael Wiener at m2wiener@bigpond.net.au

    Archived Newsletters A complete set of past electronic newsletters since publication of this newsletter began in May 2000, can be found and read at https://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive.php?sira or by clicking here or by visiting the Mona Vale Library. The Island website is at www.scotlandisland.org.au


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